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101 Ways to Make Learning Active Beyond the Classroom

ISBN: 978-1-118-97198-7
320 pages
April 2015, Pfeiffer
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Fresh, creative strategies guaranteed to enliven online training

101 Ways to Make Learning Active Beyond the Classroom provides proven, practical strategies, activities, and tips for those tasked with facilitating training in any subject area among alternative settings. Based on the best-selling Active Training approach, these methods have been designed by recognized experts, and are guaranteed to enliven any learning event. Readers will find a toolkit of ready-to-use exercises and tips for organizing, conducting, and delivering active learning, in alternative settings on the job or around the world. The book is organized in a way that allows trainers to quickly and easily identify strategies that hold the most promise for specific situations. Each strategy is illustrated with a case example that demonstrates the concepts in action. Two hundred tips organized in twenty how-to lists will prove invaluable for using Twitter, coaching virtually, encouraging informal learning, opening interactive virtual learning sessions, and much more. Coverage includes best practices for social media and informal learning, common e-learning tools, as well as guidance toward using a full gamut of tools from gamification and simulation to serious games and m-learning.

Active training encourages participants to use their brains to study ideas, solve problems, and apply what they've learned. It's a fast-paced, fun, supportive, and personally engaging environment. This book shows training facilitators the proven techniques that help learners get more out of the material.

  • Design a more engaging learning environment
  • Improve delivery with optimized technology
  • Utilize effective learning tools and practical strategies
  • Learn best practices for social media, coaching, virtual learning, and more

Learners need to figure things out by themselves, ask questions, practice skills, and transfer skills and knowledge to the job. With proven strategies designed by industry leaders, 101 Ways to Make Learning Active Beyond the Classroom is the indispensable guide to the design and delivery of effective alternative ways to learn.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Getting the Most from This Resource xi

200 Tips to Make Training Active and Learning Successful 1

Top 10 Lists 2

1. 10 Tips for Successfully Implementing a Virtual Learning Platform 3

2. 10 Ideas to Create a Prewebinar Checklist 5

3. 10 Slides to Organize Your Virtual Learning 7

4. 10 Tips for Opening an Interactive Online Training Session 8

5. 10 Webinar Warm-Ups 9

6. 10 Ways to Engage Virtual Learners 10

7. 10 Tips for Using Annotation Tools 14

8. 10 Tips for Using Breakout Rooms in a Virtual Classroom 17

9. 10 Tips for Using QR Codes in Learning 18

10. 10 Polling Tips for Virtual Classrooms 20

11. 10 Phrases to Regain Virtual Participants’ Attention 22

12. 10 Tips for Using Twitter for Ongoing Learning 23

13. 10 Tips to Get Started with Games and Gamification 25

14. 10 Ways to Use Social Media Tools to Support Learning 27

15. 10 Tips to Be Successful with m-Learning 29

16. 10 Tips for Shooting a Video 31

17. 10 Tips for Virtual Coaching 35

18. 10 Tips for Virtual Teamwork 37

19. 10 Tips for Leaders as Teachers 39

20. 10 Tips and Options for Training in Virtual Reality Environments 40

ONLINE LEARNING 43

Online Openings 45

1. Picture Me 46

2. You Intro Me; I Intro You 48

3. Quote Me 50

4. Using Prezi to Build Community in the Virtual Classroom 53

5. Instagram Intros 55

Online Closings 57

6. Review, Remember, Relate, Recall 58

7. Make Them Stick 60

8. Choose and Choose Again 62

9. Concept Challenge 65

Online Learning Activities 66

10. Using Analogies 67

11. Virtual Learning by Quadrants 69

12. Incorporate MOOC (massive open online course) Design Concepts into Your Online Design 71

13. Small-Group Data Analysis 73

14. Social Media Sharing about Implicit Bias 75

15. Think-Pair-Share for Webinars 77

Online Asynchronous Learning 79

16. Creating a Culture Dream Team 80

17. Point-Counterpoint 83

18. Onboarding New Employees 86

Unique Online Situations 88

19. Corporate Global Survey 89

20. Find It 91

21. Facilitating from Afar 93

TECHNOLOGY TACTICS 97

Blended Solutions 99

22. Move to the Goal 100

23. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Job Aid 103

24. The 411 104

25. Gear Up Your Brain 106

e-Learning Tools 108

26. Increase Interaction Using a Whiteboard 109

27. Meter Poll 113

28. Engaging Course Map for an e-Learning Course 118

29. Google Hangout Collaborations 120

30. Pinboard Key Learning 122

31. Poll for Impact! 125

32. Show Me 126

m-Learning 128

33. Mobile Debates 129

34. Survey in Hand 131

35. Picture This 133

36. Take My Speech Home 135

37. Tweet a Learning Needs Assessment 137

38. Just-in-Time Reminder 139

Social Learning 141

39. Social Learning Gone Wild Participating in a LinkedIn Group 142

40. Digital Round Robin 144

41. Blog-Based Skills Inventory 146

42. Social Media Opinion Polling 148

43. The #1 Thing 150

44. Office Hours 152

45. Quiz Challenge 154

Technology in the Classroom 156

46. Twitter Engagement 157

47. QR Code Search 159

48. Pause and Discover 161

LEARNING FROM MANY 165

Learning on a Team 167

49. I Felt Valued 168

50. Teamwork in History 170

51. Build a Trusting Team 172

52. Feedback for the Team 174

53. MVP Award 176

My Mentor and Me 178

54. Discussion Starters 179

55. Take Me with You 181

56. Mentor Meet and Greet 182

57. The Magic of Mentoring 185

58. Find the Perfect Mentor 188

59. First-Time Mentor 191

Put Me in Coach 194

60. Ask Powerful Questions 195

61. Feedback Formula 197

62. Showing Appreciation 199

63. Coaching Meeting Template 202

Peer-to-Peer Learning 204

64. Peer Coaching Circle 205

65. I’ll Coach You; You Coach Me 208

66. Peer Advisory Group 210

LEARNING ON THE JOB 213

Help Yourself 215

67. Every Day Counts 216

68. Your Leadership Brand 218

69. Set Goals for Success 220

70. A Wiser Me 223

71. Volunteer for a Special Assignment 225

72. Notable Quotables 227

73. Goals for Life 229

74. Test Yourself 231

Informal Learning 232

75. First Things First 233

76. A Virtual Book Club 235

77. Brown Bags and Books 236

78. “Bugs Me” List 238

79. Give ’em a “10” 240

80. What Got You Here 242

81. Plan for Informal Learning 244

Learn from Experience 246

82. Experiential Learning in the Classroom 247

83. Experiential Learning on the Job 251

84. Experiential Blended Learning for High Potentials 253

On-the-Job Assignments 255

85. Assessing Learners for a Rotational Assignment 256

86. Department Rotation Agreements 259

87. Evaluating Rotational Assignments 261

88. Stretch Assignment: Yes or No? 264

LEARNING BEYOND THE WORKPLACE 269

Learning Outside the Organization 271

89. Teach a Class 272

90. Do You Belong? 274

91. The Envelope, Please 275

92. Google Your Company 277

93. Visit the City Council 279

94. Read a Biography 281

95. Visit Your Supplier 283

96. Office Hours II 285

Do Well by Doing Good 286

97. Volunteer Team Needs a Leader 287

98. Professional Association Involvement 289

99. Find a Match 291

100. Adopt a Group 293

101. Internal Fund-Raising 295

A Bonus “10 Tips” List 297

10 Ways to Think about Learning in the Future 297

Additional Reading 299

About the Author 301

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Author Information

ELAINE BIECH is a bestselling author and president of ebb associates inc., a strategic implementation, leadership development, and experiential learning consulting firm that helps organizations work through large-scale change.

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